Magnussen reveals “crazy” trip back to pits after Brazil F1 crash


The Dane was thrown out of the race by Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap of last weekend’s Interlagos race, while his damaged Haas stranded by the side of the track.

And as the medical car stopped to check on him and his McLaren rival, there was only enough room to get one of them back to the garages – and Ricciardo had quickly jumped in. back to the paddock.

After waiting for the race to finish, Magnussen said still no one came to get him – so he had to find his own way back, which meant walking through the general spectator areas.

“It was crazy,” he said when asked about the events by TBEN. “I don’t know what happened, but it was the most dangerous thing I did all weekend, despite all the driving!

“For whatever reason, I haven’t been able to get a ride back to the pits. Daniel took me out of the race and then jumped in the safety car and headed back to the pits. And then I stayed on the side of the track for the whole race. I can survive that, that’s okay.

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“Then I tried to talk to the marshals, but they didn’t speak a word of English, none at all. After the race, I kind of waited for someone to come pick me up or something, and the marshals started to leave. And then I thought: what should I do?”

Magnussen explained that he walked around trying to find a route back to the paddock, but got stuck at a fence before some other marshals came to help.

“I ended up at a fence that I couldn’t really get around,” he said. “Of course I could have walked the whole track and got to the start-finish, but there were all the fans.

Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team

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“Then some marshals realized I was in trouble and cut a hole in the fence and lifted me through, which was kind of sketchy.

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“The marshals took good care of me [among the fans] but it could have been bad I guess. I’m glad I wasn’t Lewis Hamilton at Zandvoort. That would have been really sketchy!

Asked if the Brazilian race organizers had given him an explanation of what had happened, Magnussen said: “They apologized and everything, but I mean it’s a pretty weird situation.

“Just come pick me up: how hard can it be? It was surreal. I hope that doesn’t happen again.”

Pool reflections

Although Magnussen’s Brazilian Grand Prix ended in disappointment after his first lap, he says it hasn’t dampened the joy he still gets from his shock pole for Saturday’s sprint race.

“It was a very proud moment for us to get pole position for such a small, small privateer team like Haas,” he said.

“It was a really proud moment. And I think it really lifted everyone up. It has shown that anything is possible in this sport.

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Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team, The Haas F1 Team celebrates after securing pole

Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team, The Haas F1 Team celebrates after securing pole

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“While it often seems like it’s impossible, it’s not. Moments like these make it all worth it.”

He added that he can still see the positivity it has injected into Haas team members after a fairly tough few seasons.

“I think everyone loved it,” he said. “It was a really proud moment for the team.

“I can see everyone: when they walk through the paddock, they look a little bit bigger, a little bit bigger. And that’s great.

“It’s great to see and it’s a memory we will always have in common. And going into the end of the season like that, going into a winter with such a huge high, it’s worth a lot. So I am very happy with that.”